Is my daughter overweight??

User - posted on 10/30/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 2 this october 3rd, and weighs 44 lbs at 3 ft tall. Her doctor has never mentioned any concern on her weight or the fact that she seems to gain it rather quick for how active she is (i can not get this child to hold still). She eats a well balanced diet and drinks water and non fat milk. She i be concerned that something may be wrong?

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Evie - posted on 11/02/2010

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"Well balanced diet" is subjective. I would have a friend take an objective look at what she's eating to get a second opinion. Why is she drinking non fat milk? Fat doesn't make you fat, it's the sugar and starch you need to be eliminating. Children need fat for proper brain development, especially at her age.

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Doctors aren't infallible people. A doctor isn't a nutritionist or a dietitian. Perhaps you should consult one. I agree with Evie. "Well balanced diet is subjective. I would have a friend take an objective look at what she's eating to get a second opinion. Why is she drinking non fat milk? Fat doesn't make you fat, it's the sugar and starch you need to be eliminating. Children need fat for proper brain development, especially at her age."

I'm not trying to worry you or be rude and your daughter is tall but it wouldn't hurt to consult a specialist. If you're asking questions you're obviously concerned.

Good luck!

Joanne - posted on 11/06/2010

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I think it is okay, since the doctor didn't say anything. She is quite tall though, haha!

T - posted on 11/05/2010

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My questions would be what percentile is she in for her weight and height? 44 pounds does seem like a lot as my daughter is almost 4 and she is approx 37 pounds. Have you shared your question with your doctor? I'd be curious to hear what his/her thoughts would be. Does your daughter eat a lot of sugar or drink a lot of juice?. Juice has a lot of calories vs water which doesn't have any. I only give my daughter juice once or twice a day and that's due to calories and the sugar content.

Karen - posted on 11/03/2010

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She may seem a tad big for her age but I agree with the rest. Are any of the family members big/tall in size ? Do have another look into her diet but she needs the fat from the milk. Kids should not be drinking non fat milk / skim milk unless the doctor says so. Check the sugar level on the food she is taking.

Aicha - posted on 10/31/2010

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I wouldn't worry if the doctor isn't worried and she is eating a healthy meals then don't stress some children grow faster than other children

Dawn - posted on 10/31/2010

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While she does sound big for her age, I agree with Joy...if your doctor isn't worried then I wouldn't be. I assume your doctor told you to switch to non-fat milk?? I have read that weight (over or under) should not be a big deal until they are a little older. My son is on the opposite spectrum...he is only in the 3rd percentile for weight.

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As long as your doctor isn't showing any concern then I wouldn't worry. She does sound like a big girl though! Are their tall people in your family or her father's?

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